C&K Cloncurry Kindergarten | C&K - childcare and kindergarten

C&K Cloncurry Kindergarten

Philosophy

Educators at Cloncurry Kindergarten believe in creating relationships that are nurturing and caring where all children are safe, loved and treated with equity, dignity and respect. We believe in developing reciprocal partnerships with all families and the wider community, being open and sensitive to new possibilities and perspectives. Each child is protected from harm and hazard. Educators are advocates for the children attending the service and respond to each child that may be at risk. 

We are connected to family, community and country as we celebrate cultural diversity. In collaboration with family’s children are becoming strong in their own cultural identities. We honour values, beliefs, traditions and celebrations that are important to each family. 

We acknowledge, and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their culture is incorporated into our program and everyday practices.

Educators at Cloncurry Kindergarten believe in the importance of learning through play. At our kindy learning is meaningful, playful and connected. Children are immersed in complex experiences, which are embedded with opportunities for language, literacy and numeracy learning. Children are learning to develop curiosity and wonder in the world around them, take risks and develop meaningful interactions with others.  

While at Kindergarten children will demonstrate interest, joy and creativity as they actively participate in and contribute to their own and other’s learning. Children are learning to question, hypothesis, create, discover and be spontaneous, while in a safe environment. 

We are connected with our natural environment. Children are learning respect for the planet and diversity of life on it, as teachers embrace the natural world and commit to a sustainable future.

The National Quality Framework, Building Waterfalls Second Edition and the Early Years Learning Framework, Early Childhood Australian Code of Ethics are embedded into our daily teaching and learning.

Educators take pride in looking for ways to continually improve practices, environments and skill set.

Welcome to Country

Educators at the Cloncurry Kindy would like to pay respect
to and acknowledge the Mitakoodi people,
who are the traditional owners of the land on which we
operate.

We acknowledge the deep feeling of attachment and
relationship that Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait
Islander peoples have to their land.

Cloncurry kindy is an inclusive centre
that appreciates and respects all groups and cultures and
incorporates learning and activities for children to grow in
their knowledge of diversity.

Opening Hours

The Cloncurry Kindergarten operating hours are Monday to Friday 8.20am-2.40pm during school terms. We are closed on all public Holidays.

Key Staff for 2018

Amanda Condren – ECT/ Director

Margaret Doody – Group Leader

Sharlene Hill – Assistant

Deidre Perkins – Clerical, Gardner, Cleaner

Learning Through Play

Play-based learning is described in the EYLF as 'a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they actively engage with people, objects and representations' (EYLF, 2009, p. 46).

While there is no one definition of play, there are a number of agreed characteristics that describe play. Play can be described as:

  • pleasurable-play is an enjoyable and pleasurable activity. Play sometimes includes frustrations, challenges and fears; however enjoyment is a key feature
  • symbolic-play is often pretend, it has a ‘what if?’ quality. The play has meaning to the player that is often not evident to the educator
  • active-play requires action, either physical, verbal or mental engagement with materials, people, ideas or the environment
  • voluntary-play is freely chosen. However, players can also be invited or prompted to play
  • process oriented-play is a means unto itself and players may not have an end or goal in sight
  • self motivating-play is considered its own reward to the player (Shipley, 2008).

Once you have decided what play means to you, you should next ask yourself, why play-based learning? What is it about play that makes it so important? Play has a long and detailed research history that dates back to the work of Locke and Rosseau.

Research and evidence all point to the role of play in children’s development and learning across cultures (Shipley, 2008). Many believe that it is impossible to disentangle children’s play, learning and development.

Please contact us on 4742 1148 to enquire about concurrent enrolment.

Which year should my child attend kindy?
Kindergarten Eligibility:
2018 - Children born 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014
2019 - Children born 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015
2020 - Children born 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016
2021 - Children born 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017

Kindergarten, also known as pre-prep or preschool, is a program for children in the year before they attend school. When places are available, 3-year old children can attend.

C&K's kindergarten programs are guided by university-qualified teachers and support children to be curious, capable, and collaborative learners.

At C&K we know that children do not learn in isolation, for us learning is partnership between teachers, children, parents, and communities. 

All C&K centres feature Listening and Learning Together: The C&K Curriculum Approach. The learning outcomes in our approach align with both The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF), and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline (QKLG).

Our approach continues the longstanding traditions and philosophical commitments of C&K to our children, families and communities. Read more about the history of C&K.

We've designed our indoor and outdoor spaces to ignite imaginations, nurture healthy minds and bodies, as children explore, experiment, play and learn.

Learning through play is an integral part of our education program. Our educators skilfully enrich and extend on children's play experiences, creating a learning program that is tailored and meaningful for your child.

Your child's learning journey is shared with you via conversations with your child's educators, through written documentation in your centre and through StoryPark (an app and website). 

Read more about C&K's education program.

Events

BIKE DAY
On the 28th of March it is Ride2School Day. We will be having a bike and scooter day to celebrate. The police are coming for a visit to talk to the children about road safety. We will also decorate our bikes and have a parade.   

Yellow Group Bike Day: Tuesday 27th March 
Blue Group Bike Day: Wednesday 28th March  
What to bring: Bike or scooter.  

Cloncurry's daily fees are:

  • $30.00

For more information, please refer to the 2019 Statement of Fees (PDF)

What if I want my 3 year old to go to kindergarten?
If there are spaces, we are happy to have three year olds at kindy, who can come for 2 years. Please email cloncurrykindy@bigpond.com or contact the centre on 4742 1148

Can I get the concession rate?
The concession is funded by the Queensland and Australian governments. You can get the concession if your child is of eligible age and you:

  • have a valid health care card, or
  • have a valid pensioner concession card, or
  • hold a veteran’s affairs gold/white card, or
  • identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Islander, or
  • have had a multiple birth (three children or more) and all children attend kindy.

Can I claim CCB and Child Care Rebate?
Cloncurry Kindergarten is a registered care provider. This means you may be able to claim CCB for Registered Care.This is not the same as CCB and Child Care Rebate that you can get at childcare.

I have more questions, who can I talk to?
If you have any other questions or concerns, please email cloncurrykindy@bigpond.com or phone 0747421148